Apparently fake news isn’t always bad news. At least that’s the case when it comes to people hoping for the potential of a closed redfish season.

Would you support a closed season on redfish? After what transpired last week, the popular opinion might be yes.

This realization occurred when a fake news story on a website that describes itself as, “An entertainment website, news created by users. These are humorous news, fantasy, fictional, that should not be seriously taken or as a source of information.” The headline was eye catching. “Florida FWC considers closed redfish fishing season.”

So, of course, people took the story seriously and the story spread with hundreds of shares from fishing groups, casual anglers and local charter captains.

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